Malaysia: Police Raid Home of Recently Ousted PM

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak announcing his resignation of Malaysia's former ruling United Malays National Organisation in Kuala Lumpur

He said defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak had been "self-indulgent" and underestimated public anger over the corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund that is being investigated overseas.

On Thursday Najib's lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, told reporters that he understood that the items had been seized in order to advance an investigation under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Acts, Bernama also reported.

"This harassment has now continued for nearly 18 hours and nothing meaningful has come from the search and seizure of what would appear to be insignificant personal items", the lawyer said. "I was just listening to him", Anwar said when asked if Najib had offered him a deal to shift allegiance.

Amar Singh, the director of police commercial crime investigations, told Reuters that five places linked to Najib were being searched, including the family home in an upmarket Kuala Lumpur district.

Mr Najib has denied any wrongdoing and was cleared by the attorney-general at the time, while the fund has repeatedly denied any misconduct.

US investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the 1MDB fund. Najib denied any wrongdoing. Then the old safe - and how to get it open - emerged as a stumbling block after Najib's lawyer said it had not been unlocked in two decades because the family had lost the key. But six countries, including the United States and Switzerland, are investigating the fund for siphoning off $4.5 billion.

What's more extraordinary is that Anwar's public rehabilitation has been made possible by his former political partner, turned rival/enemy and now partner again, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, is known in Malaysia for her love for Birkin bags, which luxury publications say cost from $12,000 to more than $200,000.

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The handbag discovery will add to public scorn for Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor, who has always been reviled by Malaysians for her perceived haughty demeanour and reported vast collection of designer bags, clothing and jewellery collected on jet-set overseas shopping trips.

"From my discussion with the PM (Mahathir) this morning, that seems to be the sentiment. we will have to deliver", he said. He declined to give details. "The investigations involve several government agencies or ministries, such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, police, National Audit Department and other bodies which have information", he said.

Former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was released from prison early Wednesday after receiving a full pardon, according to a palace statement.

He was sacked from the ruling party and founded the Reformasi movement, challenging Mahathir's government.

Mr Mahathir has promised to step aside for Mr Anwar to become prime minister within two years.

Mr Najib is accused of embezzling hundreds of millions of pounds from the Malaysian state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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